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July 2010 - days after her 2nd Birthday

This week was Halloween week.  We were bombarded with candy, cupcakes, and all of the processed yummies that go along with the holiday.  We were also bombarded with the artificial dyes that come with these yummies.  So at the end of the week we eliminated these dyes.  I wish I could say that we accomplished this painlessly, …
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Homeschool Week 8

November 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Homeschool - (0 Comments)
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  Halloween fun has come and gone.  The transition to Thanksgiving is underway.  We will now to move on to a topic that Alex is very excited about…Native American Indians.  I am still researching the lessons that I am going to use to teach him about the Native Americans and how the English came to be on …
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homemade yougurt!!!

My family just completed our second week of eliminating processed foods from our diets.  Slowly my kitchen cabinets are riding themselves of the many convenance foods we had relied on.  No more boxed rice and pasta mixes.  No more cans of both.  No more boxes of mac and cheese. No more store-bought bread and rolls.  No more …
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Homemade Graham Crackers

I am eliminating the processed foods in our house one at a time as we run out.  This week we finished our last box of cinnamon graham crackers.  My task was to create a healthier homemade alternative that the kids would eat and not complain about. I searched the internet and found a few recipes but …
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Homeschool Week 7

October 25th, 2011 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Homeschool - (2 Comments)
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Sooo…I am going to start numbering our weeks of homeschooling and what we are doing in that particular week so that I can keep track of everything.  We started homeschooling September 1st so this is our 7th week of homeschooling. The chaos of my life may serve as amusement to many.  I am typing this while baking about 50 …
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Last week as a family we started to remove processed foods from our diet.  I have been pretty excited and this is how it has gone. I have not bought any bread.  We are still sampling different recipes for sandwich bread the last loaf I made (a honey wheat loaf) seems to be doing well.  I even …
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Granola Bars Topped With Chocolate & Coconut

I have really been wanting to make these so I gave it a shot.  You can really add anything that you desire and top it with a combination of things to suit your families tastes.  So here it is…tweak yours as needed! 2 cups quick cooking oats, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup sucanat …
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Alex's First Lapbook

Okay, I am really overly excited about this one.  I have been seeing posts all over my homeschool facebook group about lapbooking.  It seems that many homeschoolers out there are lapbooking.  I never really checked out what lapbooking was until yesterday.  Oh my, why haven’t we been making lapbooks?!   Someone posted a free about me lapbook so I decided …
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Starting To Feel Like Fall

October 16th, 2011 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Family Fun! - (0 Comments)
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Living in Florida the changing seasons often go unnoticed.  This weekend I actually began to feel as though fall is upon us, even though the temperature is in the mid 80′s and we are still running the AC. I started working on next weeks lessons.  We will finish our globes and continents unit tomorrow and I …
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For the last two weeks we have been meeting with an awesome homeschool group for recess.  I have met some great ladies and my kids are beginning to make new friends  Alex is still taking it all in but I can sense that he is almost ready to jump in and join the fun.  My kids tend to …
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Veggie Quinoa Pilaf

October 13th, 2011 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Quinoa | Recipes | Side Dishes | Vegan | Vegetarian - (3 Comments)
Veggie Quinoa Pilaf

I am in love with quinoa!  An awesome friend of mine introduced me to it, honestly I had never even heard of it before, I am now hooked.  I have eliminated processed foods from our home and have found that this veggie quinoa pilaf replaces the boxed seasoned rice that I used to make.  See …
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There is always time for Art!!

When we started the school year I had a nice schedule hanging on the fridge.  It laid out when we would do ‘school’, when we would have a snack, when we would play, and on and on.  With three kids ages 6, 3, and 1 I (now) can most certainly say “Yeah, Right!”.   I  removed …
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I knew that it was going to rain this weekend but I didn’t expect more than 5 inches of rain and 40 mile wind gusts!  Our pool is overflowing and there are palm frawns everywhere.  We have been stuck inside most of the weekend.  Alex is happily locked in his room with all of the new Lego’s that we acquired …
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Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have been on a quest for the perfect laundry detergent to wash the diapers in.  I can’t seem to find one that I am in love with so I decided to make my own! It is so easy that I simply can’t even believe it! Here is what you need: 1 bar of Bar Soap, …
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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

October 5th, 2011 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Recipes | Seafood - (4 Comments)
Spicy Shrimp Pasta

  Spicy shrimp pasta is too spicy to feed to my kids so I typically make them shrimp scampi, which they love. You can use any type of pasta.  I have used spaghetti, penne, and rotini, they are all delicious.  I typically use whatever pasta I happen to have on hand. Here is what you …
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